Minnesota Departments of Education and Health Release Guidance to Help Schools Plan for 2020-2021 School Year
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released guidance June 18 to help Minnesota’s public schools plan for the 2020-2021 school year.
The guidance included a strong recommendation that school districts and charter schools create three different contingency plans for all three possible scenarios for start of the school year this fall. MDE is urging school leaders to plan for all three scenarios so that school communities can be flexible and students can receive continuous education in the event that the COVID-19 pandemic may require schools to shift to a different educational delivery model.
The three scenarios are: (1) in-person learning for all students, (2) hybrid learning with strict social distance and capacity limits, and (3) distance learning only.
In partnership with MDH and the Governor’s Office, MDE plans to announce a decision for which model of educational delivery will be in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, school staff, and school communities for the 2020-21 school year by the week of July 27, 2020.